24 Hours and Still Going…

As of 10 a.m. yesterday morning, our electricity went out! Quite a bit of the Midwest has experienced a major ice storm over the last day or two. It has been an adventure being without electricity, but we’re doing great. We rented a small generator yesterday, so we no longer have to hand-bail our sump (we must have an underground spring at this current house!), and we can actually power several computers. Christopher spent some time this morning getting my computer set up so that I could still ship Titus2.com orders.

If you can believe this, Nathan and Melanie, right across the street, still have electricity! Grandad, Grandma, and our family had dinner over there last night, as well as devotions. We had all settled down for devotions in the living room, when a thunderous noise echoed outside. The guys (and some of the girls) jumped up, and the guys hurried outside. The noise sounded like a tree had hit the house, but praise the Lord, it hadn’t.

Devotions this morning were done by flashlights and headlamps. We’re praying for those in Oklahoma who have been greatly affected by this storm. I can only imagine how it must be for them right now.

As I went with Dad to Home Depot yesterday, I mentioned to him how it was amazing that some people had power yet others of us didn’t. Dad said it was a picture of those who are saved and those who aren’t; some people are living in dark and others are in light. It truly changes a life whether you have light or not :-)!

Only for Jesus,
Sarah
PS – We saw a power truck just drive by, so the power may be on soon!

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Uriah Update

Many have asked why we named the bus Uriah. I love the name Uriah because of who Uriah was in Scripture. He was a valiant, obedient, and faithful man. His life deeply touches mine.

The brief glimpse that we have of Uriah shows his heart’s desire was to serve his king, even in personal hardship and to the point of giving his life. In 2 Samuel 11, he is out with the army during the campaign. David recalls Uriah so that David could attempt to hide his sin with Bathsheba. Uriah forsook the comfort of his own home because his fellow soldiers were in the field at war. He is then sent back to battle and travels confidentially carrying a letter commanding his own death. As a skilled warrior, he would have known that the command, in the manner it was given to take the city, was foolish. Yet, he obeyed to the death. That is the way it is when we are committed to obeying someone. Praise God our Head is the Lord Jesus Who doesn’t fail. Sadly though, we may fail in hearing Him correctly at times.

Therefore, I felt Uriah was an appropriate title for our transportation. I do not picture Uriah as being handsome. This old bus is not very handsome either. Most newer buses are amazingly good looking, but Uriah can’t compare. Our desire is that once we get him mechanically into shape and converted, he will faithfully serve us. Uriah was a mighty man who lived to serve his king and died in his service. We just pray this Uriah will have a long life before he gives it up.

Sorry it took so long to get an answer.

God bless.

In Christ Jesus,
Steve

Uriah IS Home!

Dad and Christopher arrived safely home with Uriah this afternoon, a little after 1:30 p.m. Joseph, John, and Jesse were at the Mission with Nathan, but we girls were home and excitedly watched for the big white bus to drive on to South 15th Street :-).

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(Mom waving as Uriah comes down the street.)

We are grateful for the Lord’s protection because Dad had to drive through very tough situations – mountain roads in the dark, fog, rain, freezing rain, and ice. There is much work to be done on the bus to convert it, but for now, we will do some cleaning and mechanical things.

Thank you for your prayers! Uriah is HOME!

Joyfully His,
Sarah
PS – Sorry for the somewhat duplicate post; I hadn’t realized Christopher had already posted :-).

Safely home…

We arrived home (safely) a little over an hour ago – thank you very much for your prayers. Apparently, the roads in the KC area had been fully treated since the accidents this morning – so besides seeing some cars (and a semi) that were off the road in various places, the roads were not iced over.

In Christ,
Christopher

Freezing rain and icy roads…

As we approach Kansas City (only a few hours away) the temperature is dropping and it has been steadily raining. Ice is forming on the exterior surfaces of the bus and we have seen numerous salt trucks. The interstate is not yet slippery, but the temperature in Kansas City is 24, and our weather-tracking web page was reporting a number of accidents on various roads and interstates.

From dark and narrow mountain roads to icy interstates, it looks like Uriah is doing very well on our first trip with him!

Although, the heat in the main cabin of the bus hasn’t been working, so it has been a little chilly. It’s a good thing the heat in the driver’s area is functioning!

Thank you for your prayers…

In Christ,
Christopher

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